THE TEN AT 10:
1. SEC coaches appear to be in favor of an NCAA proposal to prevent prospects from receiving scholarship offers until the summer before their senior years. But they’re also skeptical about the ability to enforce such a rule. Alabama coach Nick Saban, speaking to reporters at SEC Media Days, said the Crimson Tide already holds off on offering prospects until they are juniors in High School. But he said dozens of 2012 prospects that attended their camp this past weekend were already holding offers. “These guys haven’t even taken an ACT test yet,” Saban said. “How can you evaluate? Are they even going to qualify? So we’ve tried to slow that process down ourselves by waiting until we have an opportunity to talk to high school coaches, talk to guidance counselors, get an evaluation of the kind of character, attitude, intelligence that these young men have. Even though they do have some athletic talent — that’s pretty apparent even in camp — I would be for that.” The problem is the difficulty of enforcing such a rule. What’s to stop a recruiter from issuing a “silent offer” to a young prospect or telling a high school they’re holding a scholarship for that kid? “It will be difficult to enforce,” Florida coach Urban Meyer said. “If we enforce it, I think it’s a great rule.”
2. If the rule is indeed enacted, it will mean Georgia and Georgia Tech will have to change the way they do things. Between them the in-state schools have close to two dozen offers extended to rising juniors, including four to the same players: Pepperell DT Dakota Ball, Harris County defensive end Jordan Jenkins, RB Keith Marshall of Raleigh, N.C., and St. Pius defensive back Geno Smith. The Yellow Jackets have also offered RB Kenyan Drake of Hillgrove High, DT Martin Aiken of Bamburg, S.C., and OL Ryan Watson of Olney, Md.
3. Georgia has really made a living on early offers in recent years. According to Scout.com, the Bulldogs currently have offers extended to at least 15 2012 graduates, including four that went out just last Friday at the Bulldogs’ annual Dawg Night camp. Rising juniors known to already have offers from UGA are OT Vidal Alexander of Buford; Ball; WR Chris Black of Jacksonville; DB Travis Blanks of Jacksonville; DB Deoin Bonner of Columbus; LB Josh Clemons of Lowndes; DE Leonard Floyd of Dodge County; OT D.J. Humphries of Charlotte; Jenkins; WR Avery Johnson of Pompano Beach, Fla.; RB Matt Jones of Seffner, Fla.; Marshall; WR Artimas Samuel of Columbus; Smith; and OT John Theus of Jacksonville.
4. RB Romar Morris of Salisbury, N.C., has Georgia Tech in his final three along with North Carolina and Tennessee, according to JacketsOnline.com. He also plans a trip to Penn State soon so the Nittany Lions, who he expects to offer, could become a factor before it’s over. Morris (5-10, 175) had more than 1,300 yards rushing as a junior at Salisbury High last season. He wants to make a decision before the season starts.
5. Recruiting otherwise has been pretty quiet on The Flats the last couple of weeks. The Yellow Jackets on Wednesday had a visit from linebacker Tremayne McNair of Jacksonville, N.C. McNair (6-2, 225) is a three-star prospect who is rated the No. 30 outside linebacker in the country by Rivals.com. He had 80 tackles as junior at White Oak High School last year. McNair also has Clemson and North Carolina as finalists. . . . Meanwhile, cornerback Blake Countess, a four-star prospect from Owings Mill, Md., visited Tech earlier this week. The Jackets are expected to be in a battle with Maryland and Virginia for Countess.
6. The recruiting process is getting close to wrapping up for North Gwinnett quarterback C.J. Uzomah. According to coach Bob Sphire, the 6-foot-6, 240-pound athlete is scheduled visit to LSU this Sunday (the Bulldogs are competing in the 7-on-7 National Championships in Hoover, Ala., the next three days). After that, Sphire believes Uzomah will be ready to make a decision between the Bayou Bengals, Auburn and Florida. What makes Uzomah’s situation particular intriguing is what position he might play in college. LSU has offered him as a pure quarterback; Auburn has offered him as a hybrid receiver/quarterback who would take shotgun snaps in the Gus Malzahn’s “Wildcat” formation; and Florida has offered him purely as a wide receiver. Uzomah led the Bulldogs to a 12-1 record as a quarterback last season but starred as a wide receiver the year before that. More on Uzomah coming later.
7. The amount of talent Florida imported for its defensive line in this last recruiting class already was impressive. Then the Gators on Wednesday added yet another 5-star prospect to the group. Chris Martin (6-4, 240), a defensive end from Aurora, Co., by way of Oakland, signed a financial aid agreement with Florida that will allow him to enroll in school there in August. The one-time Notre Dame commitment had signed with Cal on national signing day but asked for and was granted a release this week because he said he wants to attend school far away from his hometown of Oakland, according to ESPN.com’s Jame Newberg. Martin will have to sit out this season due to transfer rules. But in Gainesville he joins of group of D-line newcomers that includes Dominique Easley (five star), Sharrif Floyd (five star), Ronald Powell (five star) and Leon Orr (four star). Yes, the rich do indeed get richer.
8. Elite cornerback Nick Waisome of Groveland, Fla., has included Georgia in his recently-announced top five, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Also in it for the 5-10, 171-pound speedster are Florida, Florida State, LSU and South Carolina.
9. Mitchell County wide receiver Justin Scott-Wesley this week accepted an invitation to play in Under Armour All-American Game in January. A UGA commitment, the 6-1, 210-pound athlete becomes the 10th Georgian to agree to play in the game next January at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. He joins former Callaway RB Quan Bray, Carver-Columbus RB Isaiah Crowell, Griffin DE Xzavier Dickson, Gainesville LB A.J. Johnson, Valdosta DB Malcolm Mitchell, Pope OL Thomas O’Reilly, Valdosta TE Jay Rome, Tucker LB James Vaughters and Carver-Columbus DT Gabe Wright.
10. THIS & THAT: Speaking of Scott-Wesley, the state sprint champion and 100-meter record holder will compete in the U.S. track and Field Championships next week in Sacramento, Calif. . . . Wide receiver prospect Ty Montgomery of Dallas, Texas, made his second visit to UGA on Tuesday, according to UGASports.com. Montgomery is currently committed to Stanford. . . .
Stephenson DL Jafar Mann left Auburn’s camp last Saturday with an offer. He’s a 2012 prospect. . . . Stephenson kicker Colin Anderson committed to UAB last weekend . . . Here’s one you don’t see often: Tennessee is declining to release quarterback Nick Lamaison from his scholarship, according to GoVolsXtra.com. Lamaison redshirted last season after transferring from Mt. San Antonio (Calif.) College. But he opted to leave and return to Alabama after he emrged from spring practice behind junior transfer Matt Simms and freshman Tyler Bray on the depth chart. . . . ATH Chris Milton of Folkston is attending a camp at FSU today.